A scheduled meeting between the library advisory board and the Stephenville City Council never took place Tuesday night.
But that didn't stop board members from voicing their opinions on what should happen to the public library. While the council's executive session ran late, board members sitting outside the meeting expressed frustration over the slow pace it is taking to update the facility.
“It's been very frustrating,” said board president Patricia Maxey. “We just keep going back to go.”
While the council and board continue to debate on the best way to get to the finish line, the one thing that everyone seems to agree on is the need for more space.
“Every survey has indicated that more space is needed,” said library director Lynn Lloyd.
Board member Margie Derrick echoed the sentiment, saying that Lloyd has done an excellent job with the space available, but needs more.
“We need extra space,” she said. “There is so much more that can be offered to the community.”
On Sept. 16, Hidell and Associates presented a needs assessment and expansion plan on the conclusion of their survey of demographics, library comparisons, and use of the city's library facilities. Because of the building's limited space, it was advised that either the present site be renovated to provide computer access, an adequate children's storytime area, craft area, as well as meeting rooms and other needed expansion or to build a new facility located in another area of the city.
Meanwhile, board members remain resolute that a plan move forward soon.
“We want and need a new library,” said Dr. Janis Petronis.
Dr. Robert Walker said Stephenville's population has tripled since the library's inception.
“We are very anxious to have a larger facility because services increased in number requires increased space,” Walker said.
SHERRY BOARDMAN is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-965-3124, ext 229.